In response to parents’ questions and concerns about District 97’s sex education curriculum — many of which were prompted by the story, “Sex ed program expands in Oak Park,” published in the Sept. 14 edition of Wednesday Journal — district officials released a statement on its current sex education offerings for fifth grade students.

The district said that “there was never any plan or intention on the part of the district to eliminate this lesson from our fifth-grade classrooms. In fact, the study of the human body systems, as well as growth and development, is a requirement of the Illinois Physical Development and Health Standards, which have traditionally been integrated into our elementary science curriculum.”

To read the full statement, visit our story online from Sept. 14 by typing “Sex ed program expands in Oak Park” in the search field.

Michael Romain 

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